Chembu is one of our family favourite vegetable. I like it in sambar, mor kootan and I love this puli vitta chembu curry that my mom makes. It pairs beautifully with Keerai moalagootal. So basically, we like chembu in any form.
Today’s recipe is a very simple one, but tastes awesome when paired with a simple rasam or mor kootan. In fact, I like to eat it just like that, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Some people deep fry it, but I like to make it this way, add a little more oil to get nice and crisp roast curry.
Serves – 3 to 4
What you’ll need
- Chembu/Seppankizhangu – 500 gms
- Oil – 2 to 3 tbsp
- Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
- Urad Dal – 1 tsp
- Curry Leaves –few
- Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
- Asafoetida – a generous pinch
- Chilli Powder – ½ tsp or according to taste
- Salt to taste
- Soak the chembu/Seppankizhangu in water for about 10 minutes. Then scrub and wash thoroughly to remove the mud and dirt from it.
- Pressure cook with just enough water for 2 whistles. Do not cook for long and make it mushy.
- Let it cool, open the cooker and drain out the water.
- Peel the skin of the vegetable and cut into thick slices or medium sized pieces. Let the chembu cool completely before frying.
- Heat a Kadai, preferably a non stick one, with oil, temper with mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.
- Lower the heat and add the asafoetida.
- Now add the chembu pieces, add the turmeric powder and salt to taste.
- Mix well, taking care not to break the pieces.
- Let it fry on low to medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes, stir once in a while.
- Add the chilli powder and mix. Fry for another 7 to 8 minutes on low flame or till the pieces are roasted well.
- Serve hot with Rice and Sambar or Mor kuzhambu or with rasam.
- You can replace the red chilly powder with Sambar Powder, it gives a nice flavour.
- If you feel the pieces are slightly overcooked, refrigerate the pieces for about half and hour and then fry.
- Also you can sprinkle about a tsp or 2 of rice flour evenly over the vegetable to get crispy fry, though I did not add.